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TSMC puts auto chip output in fast lane to ease global crunch

Rare use of 'super hot' production runs could affect manufacture of other chips

TSMC, the world's biggest contract chipmaker, will prioritize automotive-related chips to alleviate a severe global shortage. (Photo by Akira Kodaka) 

TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is to fast-track crucial chips for cars in a dramatic move by the world's biggest contract chipmaker to ease a semiconductor shortage that is crippling the global automotive industry, Nikkei Asia has learned.

TSMC expects to bring in so-called "super hot runs" for automotive chips to cut production cycle times by up to 50%, sources familiar with the matter said, as carmakers scramble to secure supplies.

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